PUERTO RICO: Toward a New Relationship

Puerto Ricans took a long step toward self-rule. In a referendum authorized by a 1950 Act of the U.S. Congress, they voted this week to draw up their own constitution.

The vote was a victory for Puerto Rico's first popularly elected governor, Luis Munoz Marin, who has preached to the islanders that independence is an "obsolescent idea," that their future lies in continuing association with the U.S. Overpopulated Puerto Rico, he maintains, can not afford to cut loose from the U.S., can not survive and rehabilitate itself without protection of U.S. tariffs and...

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